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The Abolition of Man & the Great Divorce

af C. S. Lewis

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In The abolition of man, C.S. Lewis asks if we have been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us. He examines the curriculum of the English prep school and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature. "St. Augustine," he explains, "defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind of degree of love which is appropriate to it. Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought. When the age for reflective thought comes, the pupil who has been thus trained in 'ordinate affections' or 'just sentiments' will easily find the first principle in Ethics; but to the corrupt man they will never be visible at all and he can make no progress in that science." Yet the modern educational system around him, it seems, was bent on producing men without chests and ...… (mere)

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This was a rather odd pairing of CS Lewis books — one, a fairly literary and entertaining description of heaven and hell, and the other, a reasonably well argued but dry/boring argument about morality. The Divorce is worth reading even if you don’t care either way about the argument, merely for the quality of description. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
I would recommend the Great Divorce to anyone. It's sort of a Pilgram's Progress in the afterlife. 5 stars

The Abolition of Man is a little hard getting through and it argues against a philosophy that is no longer popular, but the debate is still valid. 3 stars ( )
  Darrell.Newton | Dec 27, 2017 |
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  journeyguy | Apr 2, 2013 |
This rating and review are for The Abolition of Man. I have already rated The Great Divorce.The Abolition of Man contains excellent arguments against relativism, for ultimate truth and morality. Three stars for enjoyment, four stars for value of argument. ( )
  davegregg | May 3, 2011 |
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In The abolition of man, C.S. Lewis asks if we have been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us. He examines the curriculum of the English prep school and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature. "St. Augustine," he explains, "defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind of degree of love which is appropriate to it. Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought. When the age for reflective thought comes, the pupil who has been thus trained in 'ordinate affections' or 'just sentiments' will easily find the first principle in Ethics; but to the corrupt man they will never be visible at all and he can make no progress in that science." Yet the modern educational system around him, it seems, was bent on producing men without chests and ...

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